We were never a rich family growing up, but we had enough for our daily needs. It’s just that the extras were a luxury so we made do with what we had. On the one hand I learned to be content, but it made part of me want to study hard so that I could have a job someday that would make me able to afford the extras.
One of the extras I have always yearned for was books. Not the academic ones, because Mama made sure all our educational needs were met. We had a complete set of encyclopedia, science library, our school books, the Bible. They made sure we had those in case we needed to do research for school. But what I wanted was the fiction type books, literature type, magazine type, that spoke of the current era.
So as a child, I loved reading the newspaper, not the front page, but the opinion page and the lifestyle section. And we had an uncle who lived with us while growing up who subscribed to Reader’s Digest. Every month his copy would come and I felt like I always got to it first (poor Tito Yongie). In high school and college, I would borrow books from my fellow bookworms, and I saved some money from my allowance so I could also buy books and lend it to them.
Books offered me adventure, without me having to leave the house. It provided me with knowledge about other places, even if I wasn’t really there. It widened my horizon. It provided me with other people’s take on certain things, a perspective on life that came not just from my parents and teachers. I guess being a reader helped me to be who I am now. It is a culmination of all the things I acquired through my love for the written word.
Nowadays, it is easy to acquire knowledge through browsing the internet. And I am glad, you don’t have to spend so much. But just a word of caution..like I said, it could influence you and shape you to somebody who you would be in the future. Just make sure you would like that future version of yourself, after all you would be the one to live with her everyday. Always remember that it starts with the things you allow you enter your mind today. Whatsoever things are just, pure, lovely, if there be any virtue or praise, think on these things. Be willing to filter the stuff you read. Not everything in the internet should be your truth. Remember what James said.
Sincerely, your mom,